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Q&A: Sushil Kumar on Highlights of Latest Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Update

Oracle recently released Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c bundle patch 1 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c release plug-in updates (login required), including a host of product updates, performance improvements and new features to improve the user experience.

To find out more about these latest developments, we spoke with Sushil Kumar, who, as vice president of product strategy and business development, drives product strategy, product management, business development, and strategic customer relationship management for Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Q. Briefly describe the scope of the latest bundle patch and plug-in updates.
A. This is quite a significant update to Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, which was released at Oracle OpenWorld 2011. The updates include some brand new functionality such as Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Fusion Applications patching, Oracle Exadata out-of-place patching, and more.

Q. Tell us about the most exciting new feature.
A. There has been huge demand for more support for mobile apps, so it's no surprise customers have been really excited about the release of the new iPhone app for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. Currently, the app primarily exposes the incident management functionality, but we intend to add more features moving forward.

Q. How can customers be sure they get this update?
A. As of February 29, 2012, customers who download Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c will automatically get these updates as a part of the base install. In another words, if you download Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c by clicking the “for Linux x86 (64 bit) (With Bundle Patch)” link in the OTN download center and do a fresh install, you will have all the updates required and no additional patches need to be applied to get these updates.

Q. Should customers consider a fresh install or upgrading an existing install?
A. If you have not already discovered a large number of targets, defined admin groups, and monitoring templates or defined compliance policies and rules, etc., with a previous release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, then a fresh install with the updated installer is the way to go. Upgrading a site running on a previous release of Oracle Enterprise Manager would be a great option if you have already put in a lot of time and effort setting up your environment based on a previous release.

Refer to the step-by-step bundle patch workbook attached to the My Oracle Support Note: 1393173.1 (login required.) This workbook will be continuously updated with known issues or new prerequisites.

Q. What action are you advising customers who are in the process of going live on Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c?
A. We recommend that customers going live with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c in production in the next few months should pick up this mandatory update. To further assist customers who want to adopt this update, we have made available an updated Oracle Enterprise Manager base platform full installer for download on Oracle Technology Network (OTN). An on-demand replay and slides from a Webcast on this new bundle patch are also a good source of information.

Learn more about the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c bundle patch 1 and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c release plug-in updates (log in required.)

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